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Spotlight on Recycling: Myths vs. Reality

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June 5th is often referred to as World Environment Day. Since BVR Waste & Recycling handles tons and tons of trash and recyclables every year, we have a unique perspective on our environment. Recycling is a crucial aspect of waste management that plays a significant role in reducing our environmental impact. However, several recycling misconceptions can hinder our efforts to create a sustainable future. Because we’re up close and personal with trash and recycling daily, we can debunk common recycling myths and shed light on the importance of recycling correctly. Let's separate fact from fiction and explore the reality of recycling.

1. Myth: "Everything can be recycled."

Reality: While recycling is an effective waste management strategy, not all materials can be recycled. Each recycling facility has limitations; certain materials may not be accepted in local recycling programs. Therefore, checking your local recycling guidelines is crucial to ensure you're recycling suitable materials.

Click below to download our Acceptable Materials Flyer.

Recycling Center Acceptable Materials-2023
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2. Myth: "Dirty or contaminated items can still be recycled."

Reality: Contaminated or dirty items can cause issues during the recycling process. Food residue, liquid waste, or other contaminants can contaminate other recyclables and reduce the quality of recycled materials. It's essential to rinse food containers, remove lids or caps, and keep recyclables clean to ensure their viability for recycling.

Click HERE to read our refresh on recyclables article!

3. Myth: "Recycling is a waste of time; it all ends up in the landfill anyway."

Reality: Recycling is still worthwhile. When materials are properly recycled, they are processed into raw materials that can be used to manufacture new products. As a result, we conserve resources, reduce energy consumption, and minimize waste sent to landfills. In addition, recycling is a vital component of a circular economy, where materials are kept in use for as long as possible.

4. Myth: "Recycling is not financially viable."

Reality: While it's true that recycling processes can incur costs, the long-term benefits outweigh the expenses. Recycling conserves resources, reduces the need for raw materials extraction, and saves energy. Additionally, recycling industries create jobs and contribute to economic growth. For example, we have about 80 employees servicing local waste & recycling needs specifically! The financial benefits of recycling extend beyond direct costs and positively impact both the environment and the economy.

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5. Myth: "Plastic cannot be recycled."

Reality: Plastic recycling is indeed possible, but it comes with some challenges. The recyclability of plastic depends on its type and the availability of local recycling facilities. Some plastics, such as PET and HDPE, have well-established recycling markets, while others, like PVC or polystyrene, are less commonly recycled. Properly sorting plastics and supporting initiatives that promote plastic recycling is essential to enhance the overall plastic recycling infrastructure.

Recycling is vital in reducing waste, conserving resources, and mitigating environmental impact. We can make a significant difference in creating a sustainable future through responsible recycling practices. Our website provides helpful resources, recycling guidelines, and tips on reducing your environmental footprint. Join us in our mission to protect the planet and make recycling a part of everyday life.


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